It’s not natural

IT’S NOT NATURAL…. About a month ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) told the Chamber of Commerce that the BP oil spill disaster can be considered “just an act of God that occurred.” It seemed like a bizarre assessment — it’s not as if an oil rig just appeared naturally, dug a hole into the earth a mile below sea level, and then exploded.

Nevertheless, Perry isn’t the only one to think this way. Rep. Tom Cole (R) of Oklahoma said something very similar on a radio show yesterday:

“There’s still a lot that can be done. But again, acts of God are acts of God. And you know, FEMA is not, you know, cannot cope with everything.”

Well, no, FEMA cannot cope with everything. But since when are man-made disasters “acts of God”?

There will be incidents that occur from time to time that are natural and unavoidable events, but an explosion on an oil rig isn’t one of them.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.